Skillet Diner // Capitol Hill // American // Breakfast + Lunch // $$
1400 East Union Street
Seattle, WA 98122
Skillet Diner in Capitol Hill (they have a location in Ballard as well as a food truck) is a fun, American-inspired eatery with a long menu of burgers, sandwiches, fried chicken, and boozy shakes. So what’s a paleo eater to do when everyone else is in the mood for grilled cheese and waffles?! Lucky for us, there a few menu items that are pretty paleo friendly, and we were able to indulge with a couple of minimal modifications.
What did you order?
- Heirloom Salad (heirloom tomatoes, diced fontina, pickled golden beets, frisee, shaved fennel, slow-cooked egg, olive oil, fresh herbs, toasted walnuts). I asked for it without the diced fontina, but the waiter said it’s in the mix and easy to pick out. I also opted for the “add bacon” option. Duh!
How many ready-made paleo options are on the menu, and what are they
Unfortunately, the only true paleo option on the menu is a side of two eggs or a side of bacon.
How easy would it be to create paleo options with substitutions? Examples
There aren’t many options for us paleo folks. However, a couple of good options (that require modifications) include:
- Cobb Salad (bacon, avocado, grilled chicken thigh, soft-boiled egg, bleu cheese, tomato, red wine vinaigrette); without the bleu cheese and red wine vinaigrette (as it contains sugar)
- Kale Caesar (boquerones, buttery croutons, parmesan, creamy dressing); without the croutons, parmesan and dressing (sad), with the option of adding blackened rockfish (I had the rockfish on a previous visit, and it was scrumptious.)
How accommodating is the staff? Are they knowledgeable about the paleo diet?
I didn’t ask specifically about the paleo diet, but when I asked about the red wine vinaigrette, the waiter knew right away that it had sugar in it.
How satisfied were you with the meal?
The Heirloom Salad was flavorful, juicy, filling and seriously delicious! The pickled golden beets blend in with the yellow tomatoes, just as a heads up. They’re packed with flavor and I wish the salad was piled high with more.
Would you recommend this restaurant to a paleo friend? Why or why not?
I wouldn’t recommend that you seek out this restaurant if you’re looking for a specifically paleo-friendly place. However, if you are with friends who want to check it out, you can certainly go along and eat a fantastic meal!
Could you eat here enjoyably without telling anyone you’re paleo? (Not that you’d want to!)
Technically yes, but you would need to ask for no cheese and/or dressing on your salad. And technically, you could also just order a side of bacon and eggs.
The Heirloom Salad, Cobb Salad, and Kale Caesar are also available at dinnertime. There’s also often a long wait at the door, so consider making reservations ahead of time.
The menu is marked with vegetarian, gluten-free, and gluten-free possible options.